Wedding Timeline

From the Bridal Association of America, a Wedding Timeline will help brides, grooms, parents and everyone who wants to “help” stay on the same page as the happy couple gets ready for the big day.

9-12 Months Before

• Determine who will officiate at the ceremony.

• Select a wedding date and time.

• Determine how many guests may attend.

• Determine the type of wedding you want (size, formality, style, color scheme).

• Select and order the bridesmaids’ dresses.

• Establish a preliminary budget.

• Select and secure a photographer.

• Select a caterer if not already provided by the reception.

• Select and secure your reception location.

• Select and secure your ceremony location.

• Select and secure your DJ / MC.

• Begin choosing your wedding cake baker, videographer, and florist. Sign necessary contracts.

• Pick out engagement ring with fiancé.

6 -9 Months Before

• Start compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same).

• Select the attendants for your wedding party.

• Shop for the wedding dress, headpiece, veil, etc.

• Start planning for honeymoon.

• Register with a gift bridal registry in your favorite store.

4-6 Months Before

• Make appointments for a physical exam with your doctor/dentist.

• Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state.

• Shop for wedding rings.

• Select and order the invitations and stationery.

• Decide where to live after the wedding.

• Complete the guest lists.

• Begin shopping for trousseau.

• Encourage mothers to select their dresses.

• Select and order the men’s attire.

• Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations.

2-4 Months Before

• Announce your engagement in the newspaper

• Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer.

• Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception.

• Select your wedding rings.

• Buy a wedding guest book.

• Set the dates and times with the officiant for the rehearsal.

• Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon and any other parties.

• Determine your resources for designing and printing the program for the ceremony.

• Finalize the florist details, photographer, videographer, DJ/MC, etc.

• Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests.

• Plan a rehearsal dinner, time and place.

• Confirm the wedding cake details with the baker.

6 -8 Weeks Before

• Mail invitations and announcements.

• Prepare a portrait for the newspaper. Check your local newspaper for details and timing.

• Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait.

• Select gifts for all your attendants.

• Set appointments with any hairdressers and/or makeup artists.

• Hire the limousine or other forms of transportation for the wedding.

4-6 Weeks Before

• Decide what your menu is going to be for the reception. Estimate the expected number of guests.

• Buy a gift for the groom. n Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for your formal bridal portrait.

• Purchase a going away outfit.

• Pick up your wedding rings.

• Purchase (borrow) all wedding accessories such as the ring pillow, goblets, garter belt, candles, etc.

• Confirm florist details and delivery times.

• Plan the seating for the reception as well as other details for the ceremony and reception. Start writing placement cards.

• Make sure all bridesmaids’ attire has been fitted.

• Buy a gift for the bride.

2 Weeks Before

• Set up final consultation with your DJ/MC.

• Make arrangements to have your wedding gifts moved to your new home.

• Handle business and legal details such as name changes, address changes, etc.

• Prepare the wedding announcement for the newspaper.

• Reconfirm your guests’ accommodations.

• Make sure all clothing and accessories for you and the bridal party are ready.

• Get your marriage license and any blood tests which are needed.

The Week Before

• Review any seating details with the ushers.

• Make sure all wedding attire fits.

• Finalize the seating arrangements.

• Reconfirm your honeymoon reservations. Ensure you have any necessary plane tickets.

• Start packing for your honeymoon.

• Call any guests who have not responded yet.

• Finish place cards for reception.

• Review all the final details with your photographer, videographer, etc.

• Give a final head count to caterer.

• Delegate responsibilities to reliable individuals on your wedding day.

• Wrap and present the wedding party gifts.

• Finalize your rehearsal dinner arrangements or other plans.

The Day Before

• Get a manicure or massage to relax yourself.

• Stay with your family the night before and go to sleep early.

• Review and rehearse all the details of your participants.

The Big Day

• Make sure the best man and maid of honor sign the wedding certificate.

• Allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed.

• Be sure to eat properly.

• Rest and relax with a good bath.

• Prepare for your hairdresser and makeup appointments.

• Enjoy your wonderful wedding and cherish each and every moment.

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